Another new brewery to sample. This time it’s from Wild Weather Ales, a microbrewery based in England.
Does the word “Skadoosh” seem familiar to you? When reading more about this word it finally clicked why there was a rebellious panda on the can. It is derived from the wonderful animated film Kung Fu Panda, with the notorious karate panda, Po, voiced by Jack Black.
Mandatory “Skadoosh” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.64 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 11%
- Style: Imperial IPA
- Serving: Can, 330 ml
- Tagline: Third Verse
The reason why this has the tagline “Third Verse” is because there have previously been two varieties that have now retired from our local craft beer shops. Unfortunately, I’ve missed out on the first two verses, but I’m certainly not missing out on the entire song!
The can design is brilliant. There is an animated panda, with a mischievous grin, wearing a monocle and a top hat (on the ‘second verse’ can he wears a baseball cap!). He is holding a spray paint aerosol, from which he has produced a red graffiti smile on the adjacent wall. Before even sampling the beer, it looks like it is going to be a deliciously fun and devious beer. Time to find out how good ‘Skadoosh’ really is…
On pouring, this beer produced a deep amber colour, with a slight, white head with little carbonation. Very little came through from aromas, though this didn’t detract from my anticipation of its taste, which is ultimately the most important feature! On sampling, a juicy, piney, hoppy beer was the initial delivery from this rebellious can, but then I was hit with a very strong 11% ABV reminder at the end. The beer contained deep, sweet, pine-caramel flavours throughout which I really, really enjoyed. That 11% provides a great warmth, making it a beer that could easily be enjoyed on a wet winter’s evening, whilst hearing raindrops crash against the windows. Or, given that I live in Scotland, a typical Monday!
Rating: 3.75/5. ‘Skadoosh’ packed a punch – I’ve actually had a triple IPA which was less alcoholic than this DIPA. Regardless of technicalities, this imperial supercharged IPA is my kind of beer and I eagerly await experiencing future brews by ‘Wild Weather Ales’. Take a look on their website: the animated beer label designs make me smile and are both fun and unique!